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Best & Worst Places to Buy Carpet?
The good and the bad? Most carpet retailers are honest and reputable but there are those who are dishonest, unscrupulous and want to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners!
After 30+ years in the carpet business I've become acutely aware of all the sneaky sales tricks, advertising gimmicks and carpet scams that can be difficult to avoid!
Homeowners deserve to get a fair and square deal on all aspects of buying new carpet. It is not a fair deal if you get a discount on installation, but overpay for the carpet and padding. That's why I've come up with the best answer to... "Are there any reputable carpet stores near me?"
This free report explains how I rate various carpet retailers, wholesalers and resellers on a Scale from One to Five. (Five is the best!) I use my 40+ years of hands-on experience in the flooring industry as my guide. My goal is to help you make wise and informed choices.
***** 5 Stars (the best)
With a good selection of carpet remnants stood up along the back wall, some in-stock rolls of carpet on display, a neat and tidy showroom and a good selection of brand name carpet samples to choose from.
I believe buying locally is the safest way to have your carpet replaced and also get a fair price on carpet, padding and installation.
These long-standing neighborhood carpet and flooring retailers order first-quality carpet directly from the manufacturer.
They provide first-class customer service, have fair & square pricing, have knowledgeable and helpful staff, provide free accurate measuring and guaranteed installation.
Should you ever have a carpet problem or complaint they will do whatever it takes to ensure you are completely satisfied with your purchase.
Not all locally-owned flooring dealers are honest and reputable. There are quite a few unsavory carpet retailers out there. The problem is, it's hard to tell the good ones from the bad ones.
That's why I have compiled my own "hand-picked" list of reputable locally-owned Carpet stores that I am proud to recommend to my readers.
Every carpet store I recommend must pass my own special set of strict rules and requirements before I list them in my directory. Show me reliable Carpet Stores Near Me.
**** 4 stars
Many people love the convenience of not having to travel from store to store in search of the perfect type, color and style of carpet or flooring and prefer having samples brought to their home.
Shopping at home makes matching colors easier under the optimum lighting conditions in your home.
Many locally-owned carpet dealers are now offering shop-at-home services and this can a smart and convenient way to go for those who don't want to drive all around town and deal with conflicting and confusing salespeople.
There are many reputable carpet dealers that offer quality products, knowledgeable salespeople and reasonable prices but they are harder to find today because the shop-at-home concept is still a fairly new concept.
I have several reputable locally-owned shop-at-home retailers listed in my Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory that I am proud to recommend. Best places to buy new carpet and flooring? I've got you covered!
There are a few nationally advertised shop-at-home flooring companies that I do not recommend because they sell inferior products, have unreasonably high prices and use high-pressure salespeople. I'm sure you have seen some of their TV commercials that offer discounts that sound too good to be true.
#3 Online Carpet &
*** 3 stars
Need Hardwoods, Ceramic Tile, Luxury Tile or Laminate Flooring? These online companies move a lot of product and can be a smart way to go if you are careful and do your homework. They have a lot more flooring products than just carpet for sale.
The most common problem I hear about is poor quality materials they might offer.
For example: If you buy hardwood flooring that is considered "Seconds" (cabin-grade?) it can be very difficult to install and the amount of warped, unusable or damaged product you receive can be significant and have as much as 25% waste or more.
Buying first-quality hardwoods is much more costly but the outcome is much better than if you buy a "second-grade" product.
It's hard to know how much material to order when you have no Idea about the amount of unusable product they will be sending you. It can be a real nightmare when you have to re-order more materials because you did not have enough to finish the job due to the amount of unforeseen waste.
You can save money buying from an online flooring wholesaler as long as you know exactly what quality or grade of carpet you are buying and know in advance exactly how the entire buying process works from start to finish.
Even so, you are taking your chances because you rely on what the salesperson tells you, or fails to tell you.
Shipping costs can be high too and if you are not happy with the product you order you may have to pay dearly to ship it back and also pay a hefty re-stocking fee.
Some online flooring retailers are reputable and some are not, and knowing who to trust is the hard part. Even if you succeed in buying a good quality flooring at a discount, you still have to arrange for your own installation or install it yourself if you are so inclined.
I recommend you read all the fine print carefully and ask about their restocking fees, and return shipping costs before you agree to buy.
#4 1-800 Carpet
*** 3 stars
These are carpet and flooring wholesalers who will send you small carpet samples through the mail. You must buy their carpet virtually "sight unseen" (other than a small swatch) unless you live close enough to visit their warehouse.
There are no refunds on discounted carpets so you really have to be fully aware of all their fine print.
The cheapest place to buy carpet is not always the best deal.
You can save money if you buy from a reputable carpet wholesaler as long as you know exactly what you are buying and fully understand how the entire carpet buying process works.
You need to understand what is expected of you, especially regarding the delivery of the carpet and what you are required to do if you need to return a roll of carpet.
Some 1-800 carpet outlets stores are reputable and some are not. The burden of being knowledgeable about your purchase falls solely upon you.
*** 3 stars
These franchised carpet dealers are often locally-owned but are hooked up with a national carpet distributor or co-op to increase their buying power and decrease their shipping costs.
They put private labels on all their samples to prevent you from comparison shopping at other local carpet stores. Some re-brand their carpets and may not reveal the actual manufacturer of their products.
It is often much more difficult to get carpet the manufacturer specifications from these franchised resellers, and it makes it much more difficult to comparison shop their products.
Still, you can still negotiate a fair deal if you know what you are doing and don't rely on their salespeople to make choices for you. Print my free Carpet Shopping Form
Many co-ops do not provide installation so you may have to locate a good installation crew and pay them separately. You will have to work a bit harder to schedule and orchestrate everything, and may end up paying a little more buying from a franchised flooring dealer.
They usually have a list of local carpet and flooring installers for you to call and they do offer a wide range of quality flooring products. Ten Questions To Ask Every Carpet Installer
#6 Buy From a
** 2 stars
Some carpet layers have longstanding relationships with local carpet dealers, or may have a way to order new carpet and padding at near wholesale prices from local suppliers.
Carpet layers often end up with sizable leftovers from bigger carpet jobs because carpet so many salespeople over-measure their jobs.
When there is a lot of carpet leftover the installer may take it home and try to sell it on Craigslist or in your local newspaper.
If you find an installer who has some leftover carpet or other flooring materials available at a very low price, you need to understand that they have a limited supply of those materials and have no way of getting any more of the exact same color or style.
There is no manufacturer's warranty on these materials whatsoever and no recourse if you end up unhappy with the performance. Still, you can find some real bargains this way.
As with any contractor you hire to do work on your property, I suggest you check references, verify their contractors license and business liability insurance to make sure they are all current and up-to-date.
This might be an inexpensive way to go if you are just doing one or two rooms or if you need to replace carpet or flooring for a rental property.
#7 Flooring Outlet or
*** 3 stars
If you want to do-it-all-yourself and save a lot of money... create a detailed diagram of your home with all the room measurements and bring your truck, some rope and maybe a tarp if it is raining!
These local carpet outlet stores offer low prices and have dozens of rolls of carpet "in-stock". They cater mostly to homeowners on a tight budget, landlords and property managers and DIY homeowners.
If I were looking for the absolute cheapest carpet, a local carpet warehouse or outlet store is where I would begin my search for discount Carpet Stores near me.
Local Carpet Warehouse Retailers have plenty of inexpensive, lower-quality, defective or second-grade materials. Have them roll out the carpet before you agree to buy it to make sure there are no obvious defects.
You would be wise to check their guarantee carefully to make sure you know what you are getting into. Get everything in writing before you sign on the dotted line because once you buy it, you own it. no refunds.
The main problem when buying carpet from this type of retailer, is that they rarely have the same type, style or color of carpet available. That means if you need to buy more of the exact same carpet you bought today, it may not be available for you to buy tomorrow.
Once a roll of carpet is sold, the same type, style and dye lot (color) may be gone forever. No two rolls of carpet are exactly the same. There will be differences in color or style that may be quite obvious once it is installed.
These dealers may offer in-house installation or they might just hand you a list of local installers for you to call and hire on your own. If you have to arrange for your own installation you must negotiate with the installer and pay them directly.
Carpet Installers - 10 Questions To Ask Before You Hire
In the end, if you pay just $8.99 per yard for the carpet, don't expect it to last for 10 years.
Even though you may get a great deal on discounted carpets, always remember that there was some reason why it was not able to be sold as first-quality goods.
#8 Home Improvement
Big Box Stores
** 2 stars
These corporately-owned nationally advertised retailers blanket the airwaves with constant and repetitive TV commercials, radio ads, billboards and bus stops! They have thousands of locations and they always have carpet on sale.
I think home improvement warehouses like Lowe's and Home Depot should be avoided because...
1) they use private labels to prevent you from comparison shopping, 2) they farm-out their installations to other companies, 3) they require payment in-full upfront at the time of purchase and 4) they charge a fee to measure your home.
Should you have a carpet problem, they may just tell you to contact the installation company or contact the carpet manufacturer directly. This can takes weeks to get a remedy, if any.
In many cases, it is quite possible that if you have a problem or complaint, no one (from the place where you bought it) is willing to step up to help you or accept responsibility for your problem or complaint.
You could easily end up stuck with a carpet that you are unhappy with. If you are interested, do a Google search for "home depot carpet installation complaints" and see what some homeowners have to say, then decide for yourself.
#9 Wholesale Clubs
*** 3 stars
These are Carpet, Flooring and Surface Suppliers for Trade Professionals and their Clients. Most are franchises and are locally owned and operated. Most Wholesale Clubs have corporate websites and feature local showrooms with knowledgeable staff to assist homeowners with material choices.
Homeowners can visit their showroom and buy products from these wholesale distributors only if they are invited by a trade member. Members typically include builders, contractors, remodelers, installers, interior designers, architects, real estate professionals, and more.
Some of these co-ops are:
Wholesale Clubs are not all alike.
Some carry a larger selection of products to cater to home remodeling of all types. Others limit their products to carpet, flooring and window treatments.
Homeowners can only gain access to their showroom and all the benefits they have to offer by working with a paid member of the Wholesale Club. This could be a carpet installer, a real estate agent or a remodeling contractor to name a few.
Wholesale Clubs are real handy for contractors who want to have a nice place to send their clients. Personally I think the Trade Members are the real winners here.
They get the benefit of having a nice showroom with knowledgeable staff and not have to pay to operate it. They also make a few bucks from the sale of products to their clients.
Qualified Carpet Installation
Homeowners may be required to make arrangements to obtain qualified installation for any materials ordered through a Wholesale Club, and pay for those services separately. Carpet Installers - 10 Questions To Ask Before You Hire
Buying through a Wholesale Club Member could be a great way to save money on new carpet and flooring. It is handy to have everything you need on display with someone there to answer all your questions. In the end, it all comes down to how much you are being charged for the service. There is no fee, but their products are priced to cover operating costs.
My best advice, always get at least three bids from several local sources.
Secrets To Carpet Success
Not only must you obtain qualified carpet installation, you must also choose the right grade of carpet and padding too. Just as important is making sure you buy from an honest and reputable carpet and flooring dealer. These are just a few of the secrets to choosing new carpet like a pro! Homeowners want to know, is there any honest and reputable Carpet Stores Near Me?